Namport thanks clientele

The port of Lüderitz recorded a profit for the first time in many years.

17 September 2018 | Infrastructure

Bisey /Uirab, Namport CEO; "Namport is being catapulted into being a major digital workplace."

Otis Finck

The Namibian port authority (Namport) paid tribute to its top customers during the 24th port user’s dinner in Walvis Bay.

Maersk Namibia, Logistics Support Services, Sturrock Gringrod Maritime Namibia, Trade Ocean Shipping Namibia and Worker Fright Services were acknowledged as the top five revenue generating clients for Namport.

Camelthorn Freight Forwarding, Cross Border Vehicle Trader and West Coast Investment are the top three revenue generating SMEs.

Puma Energy Namibia, Walvis Bay Salt Refiners and Engen Namibia are the top three volume generating clients.

Namport CEO Bisey /Uirab announced on the occasion that for the first time in many years the port of Lüderitz recorded a profit.

He attributed this to increased project cargo and the fact that Debmarine Namibia started to utilise the port for some of its launching activities.

/Uirab added that after nearly a decade of recession and sluggish growth the world economy is also showing positive signs of recovery.

“Commodity prices especially copper have shown a slight improvement. This is evident in the significant increase in copper exports.”

He further said the new offshore container terminal project was 85% completed and progressing well. The construction of the first phase of the port of Walvis Bay north port being the liquid bulk terminal, is also on track and due for commissioning in mid-2019. This project is driven by the ministry of mines and energy.

“We started a drive to aggressively market our ports. It is imperative that we have cargo ready for transport upon commissioning of the new offshore container terminal.”

According to /Uirab the terminal will set the tone for the Namport’s digital workspace with its automated access control, gates and yard.

In light of the new offshore container terminal due to be commissioned by mid-2019, Namport identified mission critical skills and put an accelerated training programme to ensure a smooth process and a 100 % operational facility.

“The Port Automation Programme and the National Single Window project is rapidly gaining momentum. Namport is being catapulted into being a major digital workplace. Our employees will be embarking on a voyage of learning and discovery. They will become digital workers and develop a new way of thinking and doing things.”

/Uirab said Namport accepted the task to drive the National Single Window project which is an online tool to facilitate the exchange of information related to trade such as import, export and transit procedures as well as the electronic payment of fees, duties and taxes required for trade transactions with great excitement and a sense of urgency.

“The port authority established Namibia e-Trade Services, a subsidiary company, to manage and operate the window with a view to enter into a strategic alliance with a technical partner who will bring experience and expertise to the table in such an operation.”

The automation of the manual trade process will reduce time it takes to clear goods resulting in a positive impact on costs and time in the supply chain.

“It is a real game changer and we are certain that it will significantly improve Namibia’s global competitiveness and port efficiency ratings. It will also contribute to the success of the logistics hub.”

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